At Rites of Passage, we offer a variety of end-of-life services to help you through decisions around funerals, memorials, grief support, life reviews, living wakes, and advance planning. We also walk with you and your family through the emotional and spiritual aspects of planning and preparing for death. Kristabeth has officiated nearly 200 funerals over the past twenty years and has walked with countless individuals and families through grief and loss.

Funerals, Memorials, and Celebrations of Life

The purpose of a funeral or memorial is to help you celebrate the life of your person, acknowledge your grief, and begin the process of turning toward the future. A funeral or memorial that is tailored to reflect the personality, beliefs, and values of the person who has died can provide comfort and begin the path toward healing.

At Rites of Passage, we offer several Funeral, Memorial, and Celebration of Life packages, including consultation, a customized ceremony, and a draft review prior to the ceremony (if applicable). Pricing is accessible. Kristabeth officiates end-of-life rituals throughout Vermont and in Northern New York. She has experience with religious, interfaith, secular, and spiritual-but-not-religious services. She spends ample time with you in order to design a unique ceremony that reflects the life of the person being memorialized.

“Life is what you celebrate. All of it. Even its end.”

~ Joanne Harris

Grief Support

Whether death comes unexpectedly or after a lengthy illness, loved ones must take time to mourn. At Rites of Passage, we support the grieving process by helping you come to terms with the past, accept the loss, and consider what you will carry with you into the future. Our Grief Support package includes one-on-one sessions (in person or through video chat) as well as a personalized grief support ritual to help you acknowledge your loss and honor your person as you move forward in life. Sliding scale pricing is available.

End-of-Life Planning

Planning ahead for your death doesn’t negate the full, active life you are currently living. As Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis affirm, “People can become ready to die but in no hurry to die.” Our End-of-Life Planning package includes several in-person consultations (in person or through video chat) on the practical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of death. You will have the opportunity to consider your burial options, design your funeral or memorial, write your obituary, and reflect on what you want to leave your loved ones in the form of an ethical will. Cost is variable depending on your personal needs and sliding scale pricing is available. Planning ahead for this inevitable life-event saves you and your family the stress of making last-minute arrangements, reduces costs, gives you peace of mind, and allows your loved ones to mourn knowing they have honored your end-of-life wishes.

“When I was a pastor, I often sat with families after the death of a loved one. So many families struggled to know what their loved ones would want – what to do with the body, what kind of remembrance to hold, whether to request memorial donations, where to hold a reception. Having to make decisions without knowing their loved one’s wishes made an already stressful time that much more difficult. Compounding the situation, I witnessed grieving families go into debt to pay for expensive funeral packages purchased hastily in the hours following a death. In my work today, I want to help individuals and families make intentional, informed end-of-life decisions so those left behind can focus on what is truly important at the time of death, celebrating and honoring their loved one.”

~ Kristabeth Atwood, Founder of Rites of Passage, LLC

End-of-Life Preparation

When facing a terminal diagnosis or nearing the end-of-life, individuals may wish to take stock, reach out to loved ones, reflect on their legacy, and put the finishing touches on final plans. Our End-of-Life Preparation package is specially designed for those nearing death. We will walk with you (or your loved one) through the process of approaching and accepting death by providing spiritual and practical support. We will guide you in a life review, work with you on your ethical will, and design and officiate a personalized living wake, as well as support you in designing your funeral or memorial service and writing your obituary. Kristabeth works with clients throughout Vermont and in Northern New York, as well as through video chat. Cost is variable depending on your personal needs and sliding scale pricing is available.

E-mail us for information about our end-of-life services or schedule a free 30-minute exploratory call.

“When I rise up/
let me rise up joyful/like a bird.

 When I fall/let me fall without regret
/like a leaf.”

~ Wendell Berry


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